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District 69 Family Resource Association

Becoming and Belonging (Co-lead Researchers: Deborah Joyce, Family Resource Association; Dr. Jennifer Mullett, CHRC)

Community consultations were held with practitioners, policy makers, community members and a small group of youth with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, unhealed trauma and addiction. We helped the youth to produce short digital stories about some of their difficulties in the community. A significant theme was a lack of belonging. Youth also identified helpful resources.The stories indicated a need for research on how to improve the mental well-being of youth and engender a sense of belonging. This participatory action research project will use a strength-based approach to 1)Identify effective strategies to increase the well being of youth suffering from mental health; 2)Investigate community responsiveness and inclusiveness; and 3) Find ways to build on current collaborations to expand and strengthen them. Youth will be involved in all stages of the project and will be paid members of the research team. A document review will determine effective resources and strategies that attract youth participation, foster social connectedness and increase positive mental health. Digital stories will be created to document youths' perceptions of services and programs/projects, and to make recommendations. Collaborative strategies to enhance youth involvement in building and enhancing community assets will be developed through community mapping and focus groups. Two community forums will develop solutions, share knowledge, build collaborations and enhance connectedness. (Research Team: Sarah Fletcher, CHCR; Janice McMillan, School District 69; Carrie Barker, Island Health)

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Food as harm reduction: the health effects of food provision for PWUD (Co-lead researchers: Rosalind Baltzer Turje, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; Dr. Eugene McCann, SFU)

This research will explore the role that food provision plays in mitigating risks that people who use drugs experience (PWUD). Using a risk environment framework operationalized through research with organizations who offer harm reduction services, we have identified a number of factors that contribute to, or are a result of food insecurity among drug users: 1) Physical effects including poor nutrition, disordered eating, increased risk of dietary related disease, poorer mental health, and increased exposure to pathogens; 2) Social effects from accessing food in socially inappropriate ways, stigma and loss of dignity; and 3) Economic effects, including the inability to afford enough healthy food, trade-offs between housing and food, and reliance on free meal programs. Utilizing a community-based research framework, this project will explore the ways in which food provision can mitigate the physical, social and psychological harms associated with drug use. A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will help to develop, implement, interpret, and disseminate the research. We will develop an understanding of the role that food plays in the lives of PWUD, the barriers they experience in accessing food and the potential role that food programs can play in reducing drug-related harms. By connecting with stakeholders, including PWUD, service providers and policy makers, we will develop peer education, a toolkit for social service providers and a strategy for informing policy-makers. (Research Team: Alison McIntosh, SFU; Cristina Tenemos, SFU; Dr. Christiana Miewald, UVIC; Rani Wangsawidjaya, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; Patrick McGougall, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation)

Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society

Dementia Outreach with Ethno-cultural Minority Communities: Addressing Issues of Culture, Stigma and Social Isolation (Co-lead Researchers Cathy Makihara, Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society; Dr. Karen Kobayashi, UVIC)

Dementia Outreach with Ethno-cultural Minority Communities: Addressing Issues of Culture, Stigma and Social Isolation (Research team: N/A)

Pacific AIDS Network

SPEAKING MY TRUTH: The Canadian HIV Stigma Index CBR Project in British Columbia (Co-lead researchers Jennifer Evin Jones, Pacific Aids Network and Catherine Worthington, UVIC)

The HIV Stigma Index is a dynamic partnership born out of a community-identified need to turn the tide against persistent HIV stigma and discrimination in BC. In this, the 5th year of the global implementation of the Stigma Index, 50 countries have completed the study, with more than 1300 People living with HIV (PLHIV) trained as interviewers and 45,000 PLHIV interviewed. It is time for Canada and BC to join this international movement. With support from the VF, the BC arm of this national study will be able to move forward to build our team first, increase the reach of the project into rural areas and hard-to-reach populations, and mentor additional PLHIVs as research leaders. This CBR project will be the first ever Canadian study to document experiences of stigma and discrimination from the perspective of people living with HIV. This action-oriented project will translate community experiences into language decision-makers can effectively use; build a shared agenda to influence programs, services and policies; and positively impact individuals involved. The Stigma Index is both a process (of building partnerships & capacity) and an action-based research tool (building on a quantitative & qualitative questionnaire). Designed by and for PLHIV, and led by PLHIV, this project will inform better evidence-based responses to HIV and related issues at all levels, and will empower the community to take a leap forward in the struggle for freedom from HIV stigma and discrimination. Research team: Melanie Rusch, Island Health; Andrea Langlois, Pacific AIDS Network; Andrew Beckeman, AIDS Vancouver; Charles Osborne, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Darren Lausher, Peer Research Associate; Jonathan Postnikoff, Research Assistant UBC; Romari Undi, Intl. Community of Women living with HIV; Sergio Rueda, Population Health Research

Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Health Sciences

Exploring the health and social impacts of evictions among people who use drugs Co-lead researchers: Dr. Ryan McNeil, Postdoctoral Fellow, SFU; and Mr. Hugh Lampkin, President of Board of Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users

Over the past five years, people who use drugs (PWUD) living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) have increasingly experienced eviction due to urban redevelopment. A lack of understanding about the nature of evictions and how evictions shape health and social outcomes, such as drug-related risks (e.g., syringe-sharing), health access (e.g., HIV care) and drug scene engagement (e.g., drug dealing), remains a significant barrier to developing evidence-based housing policies and targeted public health interventions to address this issue. Building upon ongoing collaborations and community consultations, the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI) of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CFE), Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), and Pivot Legal Society have come together to propose this community-based participatory research (CBPR) study to examine evictions and how they influence health and social outcomes among PWUD in the DTES. This study will employ participatory methods, including peer-led qualitative interviews and innovative qualitative geographic information systems (GIS) data collection, to generate unique insights into the impacts of evictions, and will supplement these methods with legal analyses undertaken by Pivot Legal. In doing so, this study will generate public health and socio-legal evidence to inform the policy and programmatic response to evictions, while also equipping PWUD with legal advocacy tools to protect their rights. Research team: Ms. DJ Larkin, Pivot Legal Society; Dr. Will Small, SFU; Dr. Thomas Kerr, BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Dr. Lindsay Richardson, UBC

SPARC BC Society

Moving Towards Health: Promoting Accessible Built and Social Environments For Isolated Older Adults in Vancouver's West End (Co-lead Researchers: Karen Williams, SPARC BC; Eric Kowalski, West End Senior's Network Society)

Older adults who remain active in their community and regularly engage in physical activity report better health outcomes (Hanson et al, 2013). Conversely, older adults who are socially isolated are more likely to experience poor health (Dickens et al 2011). Our project, "Moving Towards Health: Promoting Accessible Built and Social Environments For Isolated Older Adults in Vancouver's West End", uses a senior-led community based participatory action research (CBPAR) approach to engage older adults in: a) research and promotion of accessible built and social environments in their neighborhood; b) the implementation of and research on a peer led intervention strategy that reaches out to isolated older adults to encourage them to become more active and socially connected. Phase 1 will lay the foundation for the CBPAR project and will involve forming an Advisory Committee; finalizing the research plan and completing a research ethics review process. Phase 2 will engage older adults in place-based qualitative research on the built and social environment in the West End including: a PhotoVoice process; a study of West End streets; the creation of age friendly pedestrian pathway maps. Phase 3 will consist of the development of a peer led outreach strategy to encourage isolated older adults to become more active in the West End. Phase 4 will take place alongside Phase 3 and will include researching the impact of the intervention. Phase 5 will consist of knowledge dissemination. Research Team: Jessica Smith, West End Senior's Network Society

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Collective Impact for Mental Health and Addictions


The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

Intercultural Food Security and Health Study (Co-lead researchers Dr. Hannah Wittman, UBC; Colin Dring, Richmond Food Security Society)

Intercultural Food Security and Health Study (Research Team: N/A)

UBC - Department of Medicine Department of Medicine

Exploring Access to Health Information in Surrey's South Asian Community (Co-Lead Researchers: Dr. Kendall Ho and Mr. Paul Bains)

The proposed project addresses the question: What support do members of Surreys South Asian (SA) community need in order to use eHealth tools to manage and prevent chronic diseases? In BC, the SA community has higher than average rates of chronic diseases[1]. CINS and the eHSO have worked with the SA community to reduce health disparities by supporting chronic disease management (CDM) and prevention. The interCultural Online Health Project (iCON), an eHSO community outreach program led by Drs. Ho and Cheema, has conducted research on patient engagement, information needs, and CDM in BCs SA communities since 2008. Information from community participants suggests that eHealth literacy is an area in need of development[2]. Health literacy can be defined as the set of skills required to use eHealth to its full potential. Technical proficiency, language ability, and media literacy are among the components of eHealth literacy[3]. iCONs research also indicates that the SA community views eHealth as a valuable opportunity to optimize CDM through online resources, apps, and other technologies. eHealth also has potential to promote uptake of clinical prevention services, such as screening programs. Partnering with an extensive community network, we will develop capacity and infrastructure within Surrey's SA community to generate a deeper understanding of factors affecting the use of eHealth. Findings will inform future initiatives to support eHealth-enabled CDM and prevention. Research Team: Drs. Victoria Lee, Helen Lauscher, Ms. Sunita Kapoor, Dr. Arun Garg, and Mr. Jay Bains

UBC - School of Population & Public Health

Supporting the Achievement of Health Goals with Formerly Incarcerated Men

The John Howard Society of Canada (JHSC) and UBCs Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education (CCPHE) share a deep commitment to improving the health of previously incarcerated individuals. Incarcerated populations suffer vast health inequities compared with the general Canadian population, and 90% of incarcerated individuals are male. This community-based participatory research project aims to answer the question: what are the facilitators and barriers to achieving health and successful reintegration for men leaving federal correctional institutions in BC? All members of the project advisory committee (PAC), including academic, community, and individuals with lived incarceration experience, will work together in the design, execution, analysis, and sharing of research findings. This participatory project will build employment and educational capacity among individuals with incarceration experience, thus addressing a known barrier to reintegration. In the longer-term, this project has the potential to: enhance understanding of the health trajectories for men as they leave prison; create new knowledge that will enhance the current body of academic health literature; facilitate the development of health recommendations and resources for prison-specific organizations regarding what additional services they might facilitate for their clients; and, develop policy recommendations for Correctional Services Canada (CSC) regarding their health discharge planning procedures.

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine

Jump Step - A participatory approach to physical activity & mental wellness (Co-lead researchers Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould, Assistant Professor UBC and Ron Remick, Medical Director, MDA Psychiatric Urgent)

Note: We have adjusted the proposal title to avoid confusion with Step-by-Step, our previous pilot study of the same name. Anxiety/mood disorders can have devastating effects. They contribute more to the global burden of disease than all cancers combined(i) and 5 of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide are mental or nervous disorders.(ii) Members of the Jump Step collaboration have both experienced and witnessed the destructive nature of these conditions. As mental health clients or Wellness Partners as MDABC psychiatrists, as investigators, we recognize that current psychiatric treatments are often limited to psychological and/or pharmaceutical interventions. These approaches are useful but do not necessarily 1) address the person nor her/his mental health challenges within a holistic context; nor 2) focus on wellness as the primary outcome (as opposed to disease control). Wellness Partners see a need to investigate the relationship between physical activity (PA) and mental illness (we prefer mental wellness). How can we support adults, suffering from anxiety/mood disorders to engage in PA as a mechanism for promoting and sustaining holistic wellness and healthy lifestyles? Collectively, as wellness partners and practitioners/psychiatrists, knowledge users, and key stakeholders, we will design, implement, and evaluate a PA promotion study based on a community-based needs assessment & identified barriers/facilitators to PA, and the success of our pilot. Research Team: Karim Miran-Khan (UBC), David Adams (Mobility BC), Sarah Lusina-Furst (CIHR), Martin Addison (Mood Disorders Association of BC), Jennifer Davis (Post Doctorate Fellow), Christiane Hoppmann (UBC), Michael Delaney (Lawyer), Sara Vazirian (Mobility BC)

University of British Columbia School of Social Work

Sexual Health Knowledge and Intellectual Disability (Dr. Rachelle Hole, UBC / Angela Clancy, Family Support Institute)

Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) face unique challenges in relation to sexual health and realizing their sexual identity and expression. A lack of appropriate sexual education is evident. This lack of education increases threats of disease, abuse, and/or mental health issues, especially for those who do not conform to heterosexual norms. The FSI and the CIC are working to foster dialogue, develop resources and support leadership to address this community identified need. In this project, FSI and the CIC will partner with key stakeholders (e.g., Spectrum Society, Langley Association), centring the voices, experiences and leadership of individuals with ID (self advocates), to build understanding, awareness and capacity about sexual health, sexual expression and sexual diversity for individuals with ID, families and service providers. Within a participatory frame, we will engage with self advocates and allies to identify gaps in sexual health knowledge; develop knowledge and community resources for promoting positive sexual health and sexuality; and, engage stakeholders to develop and implement knowledge translation strategies. The research questions are: 1) What are self advocates' experiences of sexual health knowledge and education? 2) What information is needed to achieve successful sexual health education and positive sexual expression? 3) What strategies do self advocates and allies identify as most effective to promote positive sexual health and sexuality?

University of Victoria - Faculty of Human and Social Development

Indigenous, Participatory, Culturally-Grounded Arts-Informed Research Insititute 2015 (Researchers: N/A)

Indigenous, Participatory, Culturally-Grounded Arts-Informed Research Insititute 2015 (Research Team: N/A)

UVIC Office of Community-Based Research

Mitigating potential mining-induced health impacts in ?Esdilagh First Nation Co-Researchers: Dr. Aleck Ostry, Professor and Canada research Chair, UVIC and Dr. Janis Shandro, Technical Advisor of Mining and Health, Esdilagh First Nation

The ?Esdilagh First Nation has over 40 years experience with the Gibraltar Mine, a mine that was permitted prior to environmental assessment requirements. This mine in North Central British Columbia began operation in 1972 and has since obtained approval to double its production capacity, again with no environmental assessment required. ?Esdilagh are very concerned about the practices of the Gibraltar mine; surface water contamination (heavy metals) has been recently identified in waterways near the mine site and ?Esdliagh people are very concerned about the health of local wildlife, and are unsure if these traditional food sources are safe to eat because of heavy metal contamination. It is an overall objective of this project to build health knowledge and research capacity within these communities in the areas of wildlife health, community health and mining. in partnership with ?Esdilagh First Nation to: 1. Develop a framework and basic data to conduct a health impact assessment on the community in relation to the Gibraltar mine with a focus on wildlife as a traditional food source and culturally appropriate determinants of health; 2. Determine potential impacts, if any, to community and wildlife health that may have arisen in relation to effluent from the Gibraltar Mine; and 3. Develop a plan to prevent future and mitigate present impacts on community and wildlife health that may be related to the mine Research Team: Dr. Doron Lis, Graduate Student

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Community Based Research Centre for Concurrent Disorders (Researchers: N/A)

This project will develop methods to measure clinical outcomes via the collection, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data gathered at Stepping Stones Concurrent Disorders Service primarily, and then sister agencies on the North Shore. That being said, it is hope that this grant will enable the investigators at the Stepping Stones to conduct outreach and field work throughout the North Shore in order to engage the many stakeholder who work with individuals struggling with concurrent disorders. The end result of this project is to create a Community Based Research Centre for Concurrent Disorders. (Research Team: N/A)